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The complete strength coach curriculum



The Complete Strength Coach Curriculum: 


Powerlifting is exciting sports in its own right. The modern powerlifting type of strength training is however, also a superb base for nearly any type of athlete - as it develops power, strength, explosivity and coordination. In addition, it reduces injury rate in the main sport.  

The curriculum that Mark and Pjotr have put together is based on a joint 75+ years of training, competing and coaching experience in powerlifting. 

The course is available in an Athlete and Coach version.

In the athlete version the lifts are analysed and recommendations are given on performance improvement programming.


In the coaching version didactics, communication, observation, actual practicing of coaching, performance management  are included.   


This course is targeted at the following groups: 

- A person who aims to become a powerlifting coach. 

- Powerlifting athletes.  

- Strength coaches for athletes and sports teams.

- Athletes with a desire for indepth knowledge about strength training. 

- Personal trainers. 

- General public fitness coaches.   

The objective of the course is to convey a real-world practical usable toolbox to create better performing Powerlifters and Sports Athletes.  


Subjects Covered: 

The history of powerlifting 

The 3 lifts - theory and practice 

Observation, analyzing and improving of weak points 

Library and practice of all weak point excercises 


Didactics & Athlete / Coach communication 

Coaching Software Utilisation (XPS) - license made available during course

Nutrition for strength athletes 

Gym Safety  

Injury prevention 

Sport Psychology, Mental readiness, Performance Management

Anti Doping 

Powerlifting rules 

Powerlifting meets practice 

Equipment knowledge 


The curriculum is as follows:  

Coach version

- 6 onsite 2 days session weekends

- 9 online sessions

Athlete version

- 5 onsite 2 days session weekends


Planning :

On Demand

Certification Criteria (Athlete): 

- Attendance / Skill Asessement

Certification Criteria (Coach): 

- Attendance 

- Homework assignments 

- Theory Exam 

- Practical Skills / Didactics Exam 

- Paper/Report on guiding athletes 



ATC Sports Luxembourg 

22 rue de l’industrie 

8399 Koerich 



Cost (Coach Version)

Regular € 1400 (to be booked as full bundle)

Cost (Athlete Version)

Regular €750 (also bookable seperately €150 per weekend)


(Includes Lunch, Excludes Hotel, dinner)



Contact us for more info or pre-registration

Your Instructors: 


Pjotr Van Den Hoek  

  • Coach Wageningen University, Tilburg University and Eindhoven University, the Netherlands 

  • Headmaster Dalarna University, Powerlifting course, Sweden  

  • International athlete 20 years. 

  • International CAT 1 referee 

  • International Powerlifting coach level 2 

  • National coach Dutch juniors and seniors 

  • Highest IPF points in the Netherlands 

  • Second place Powerlifting in the World 

  • Third place Powerlifting in Europe 

  • First place bench press in Europe 

  • Athlete representative International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) 


Mark Notschaele 

  • Mechanical Engineer, owner and founder of ATC Sports - has been lifting weights since 1981. 

  • He has vast knowledge of all aspects of strength training. Over the decades he was engaged in soccer, bodybuilding, powerlifting, strongman, 42km marathons and off-road motorbike rallies. He is still actively competing in Powerlifting and Strongman. 

  • He studied "Strength&Conditioning" at the ISSA, holds a trainer certificate in Olympic Lifting, is an official Powerlifting Trainer recognised by the Dutch Strength Sports Federation, and studied Sports Psychology at uni in Nijmegen, NL. 

  • He is teaching Sports Performance Management Organisation at the LUNEX Sport University and is Country Manager for Sideline Sports XPS .

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